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Obama's Gambling Problem; Rolling the Dice on Social Security, Like He Did on the Sequester

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Obama's Gambling Problem; Social Security Sell-out is a Follow-up to his Sequester Sell-out-- Both Failed Bets

From http://www.flickr.com/photos/85217387@N04/8634509173/: Rolling the dice on Social Security AND the Sequester
Rolling the dice on Social Security AND the Sequester by Themeplus

There are some smart people arguing that Obama really doesn't want to cut social security by tying it to the CPI. They say he's doing it to call the bluff of the Republicans in congress, that the Republicans won't buy his proposal, so it's really not going to happen. 

The problem is, Obama used the same kind of thinking with the sequester-- put a crazy, extreme deal on the table and it will force the two sides to come up with a reasonable, more palatable deal. 

We know how that worked. Now, with the major support and enablement of Obama and the go-along with anything Obama says Democrats in congress (not all, but most of them, including 47 members of the Progressive Caucus who would not sign a letter refusing to cut medicare or social security,) it is possible that Social Security will be cut. Apologists for corporatist Democrats always cite the "poor Barack" refrain-- that he's doing all he can but the bad Republicans are at fault, really. 

Well, for both the sequester and this looming cut of Social Security, that's total bull, or delusion. Obama initiated both ideas. He put them on the table. 

Obama has a gambling problem. We've learned he is incapable of negotiating-- that he makes his final offer first, with no room to negotiate. Now, we've learned that he also doesn't understand gambling. The problem is, the stakes he's been playing with have been the food and medicine for the elderly, the jobs of tens of thousands in the government, student's loans, air traffic safety-- the list goes on and on. 

Of course, I'm doing it again. I tend to forgive Obama and blame it on a flaw or weakness, when deep down inside, I know, and most of the time I remember, that it's not a problem, not a mistake. Obama CHOOSES these options and knows full well the outcomes he can expect and then sign into law. 

Norman Solomon writes more about Obama and his poodle Democrats in his article, Time to Bell the Obama Cat.

Gambling can be an addiction. When it is, gamblers betray their families, their employers. They put it all on the line and lose. Maybe Obama has a gambling problem. Maybe he's intentionally selling out the middle class for his corporatist friends-- the ones who he'll be hanging out with come January, 2017, when he leaves office. 

There are things you can do about this. Tell your Democratic voting friends what you have long known, that Obama is not really their friend, that their gamble on voting for the lesser of two evils is biting them back now. Tell them that it's time to fight for a US that has vibrant, robust, viable third parties, so the two party system becomes as much a part of history as the buggy whip. 

 

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We don't need third parties. We need a First Party... by Sir Dancelot on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 12:31:02 PM
Very good analysis Rob.  Obama is an easy mar... by Disillusionist on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 12:35:40 PM
It is extortion for Republicans to demand that if ... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 1:08:26 PM
It will be interesting to hear how Obama explains ... by Dennis Kaiser on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 5:53:19 PM
So desperately we need a fair media right now.Some... by David Vicks on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:49:12 PM
More than you could know.... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 12:28:23 PM
Wow, finally someone have put into words what I to... by Dr. William Smith on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 1:26:23 PM
such as this one with which I completely agree. An... by michael payne on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 2:05:49 PM
I still have a hard time believing that so many Am... by Amy Schreiner on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 3:52:34 PM
Democrat or Republican, it doesn't matter.  T... by Michael Deming on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 8:00:31 PM
Obama is gambling nothing. In a gamble the gam... by Dennis Kaiser on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 1:28:18 PM
In saying that "in a gamble the gambler has someth... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 4:28:25 PM
Despite the D (for Democrat) after his name, Obama... by J. Ellenson on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 4:12:38 PM
Just because we don't know what Obama is doing doe... by JonmarkP on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 4:34:37 PM
On point! The guy has a heart but no will and he s... by ROBERT BROOKS on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 6:22:09 PM
I believe you are off-base in equating chained-CPI... by Kip Anderson on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 9:00:24 AM
And you are 100% correct that the optics on this l... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 1:27:53 PM
I for one would be tolerant of no cost of living i... by Daniel Penisten on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 12:37:44 PM
Obama is playing the most dangerous of games, as u... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 4:38:46 PM
(I hope! I'm never sure). click here=off... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 4:53:36 PM
Can someone tell me why Obama says "we have to mak... by David Vicks on Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 5:29:07 AM
that I think workers have to declare what side of ... by David Vicks on Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 5:40:01 AM